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The office of the French President, Francois Hollande, said on Wednesday that two French soldiers had died in Mali after their heavy armoured vehicle hit a land mine, taking the number of people killed in the incident to three.
It said in Paris that one soldier was pronounced dead on Tuesday after the vehicle struck an explosive device during a patrol in the restive north of the country.
The office said the latest deaths took the French army casualty toll to 17 since Paris intervened in Mali’s issue in January 2013 to oust Islamist militants.
It underlines persistent insecurity in the region a month after al Qaeda’s African arm claimed responsibility for an attack on a luxury beach hotel in Ivory Coast in retaliation for French military operations in West Africa.
Source: Punch News